2009 Achával Ferrer "Finca Bella Vista" Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1078238 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Finca Bella Vista was sourced from a vineyard planted in 1910 giving a miserly yield of 0.75 tons per acre. It displays slightly blacker fruit, a bit more depth and opulence, and a finish that seems endless. Give it 5-6 years of cellaring and enjoy it from 2016 to 2029+. (JSM)  (12/2011)

93 points James Suckling

 This is big and juicy with lots of mineral, spice and berry. Full body, velvety and delicious. Tangy and refined. Flamboyant.  (6/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (90+-year-old vines grown at 3,100 feet; 14 h/h; all three of these high-end malbecs spent 15 months in all-new French oak): Deep, bright ruby. Brooding aromas of blackberry, tar, licorice, violet and bitter chocolate. Dense, suave and vibrant, with superb inner-mouth energy to the black fruit, licorice and violet flavors. Really beautifully integrated acidity shows an almost peppery pungency. Finishes very long and lively, with noble, fine-grained tannins and a palate-saturating impression of extract. (ST)  (3/2012)

K&L Notes

Aromas of spicy, pure red fruits, with a dried fruit leather quality, lead to a similarly spicy palate. This is a special vineyard site, featuring very old vines and yields that are less than a ton per acre. Of all Achaval Ferrer's wines, this one will often age the best, capable of improving in bottle for a decade or more.

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.5